Chopped worms mixed with casters makes an excellent groundbait for carp fishing, and cut up worms catch plenty of fish when feeder fishing on canals. However, bulk chopping up worms can be time consuming and messy. This is where using multi bladed worm scissors can greatly speed up worm chopping, and cuts down on getting worm gunk all over the place. In this article we’ll take a look at why chopped worm scissors are useful, how to use them and which type are best for anglers. Let’s crack on…
Best chopped worm scissors?
A good pair of fishing worm scissors need to be very well made, built from stainless steel, have soft grip handles and must be sharp. Cheap worm scissors tend to warp and deform after limited use, are prone to rust and make cutting up worms a harder job than it needs to be. Spend that extra few quid and buy quality, they’ll last longer and will actually work, unlike some of their cheap counterparts.
1, 2, 3 or 4 bladed worm scissors?
So, how many blades are best for worm chopping scissors? I’ve found double or triple bladed scissors are the most reliable. Yes, scissors with four or five blades do cut worms quicker at first, but they seem to lose their cutting ability pretty quickly. I presume this is due to them having more moving parts that can easily go out of alignment, thus producing gaps between blades and reducing cutting performance.
High quality gardening shears or professional chef scissors also do a fantastic quick job of cutting worms in to pieces, and are manufactured to last years. Another option for the more lazy among you, is going electric. A range of electric gardening shears come with a multiple blade scissor adapter, and allow you to cut up a huge bucket of worms in seconds, with zero effort.
What bait can be prepared with worm scissors?
Worms aside, these specialized scissors are very handy when preparing a variety of other bait types. They can help speed up the process for anything that you usually chop in to groundbaits or particle spod mixes, and let’s you uniformly cut other products for surface fishing. Meats, bread, maggots, fruit, nuts, pulses, casters and hemp, can all be cut and crushed with worm scissors. Rather than blending groundbaits in to slurry, give a chunky more natural mix a try.
How to chop worms?
Whether your using redworms, brandlings, dendrobaena’s or lobworms preparing them for your hook bait or ground bait mix is the same. The most important aspect to pay attention to is the size! The size you chop your worms dictates how large the fish your likely to catch. Target species with large mouths such as carp will enjoy hovering up big chunks of worm, or even balls of multiple worms on the hook. Small fish will be attracted by tiny bit of chopped worm, giving off more natural juices in the water.
The quickest way to chop worms is by having them in a square bait container, and using a double or triple bladed pair of scissors. This is not a precise method but works well for groundbaits. I’d recommend that anglers who are using worm on the hook, to use a pair of good quality single blade scissors to cut worms to the exact length required. This will also allow you to experiment with what sizes work best on the swim your fishing.
Chopped worms are a great fishing bait every angler should give a go at least once. Just make sure to only make up small batches, as they can spoil quickly. The fresher the better, and if you can fish when there’s still a little life in the sections all the better. Carp, tench or bream love a juicy worm and mixing in a handful of caster will bulk out your concoction, allowing you to fish a little longer before preparing your next batch. Happy fishing!